Prudential Can't Shake Military Families' Benefits Suit

Law360, New York (April 30, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday refused to toss a putative class action brought by military families against Prudential Insurance Co. of America and the U.S. government over benefits denied to beneficiaries of servicemen who were disabled at the time of death, saying the families had sufficiently pled their claims.

Prudential, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. government argued that plaintiffs who filed suit against them alleging they arbitrarily paid benefits to some beneficiaries and not others failed to state a claim, but U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty disagreed, saying the families'...

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